Natural Sciences




Biomedical Science, Cannabis

Areas of Expertise

Medical devices

Melissa Reynolds

Reynolds, associate dean for research in the College of Natural Sciences, focuses on the molecular design and fabrication of biomaterials for use in medical device applications. She also serves as director of the center for cannabinoid research in the college.

Reynolds’s research includes synthesis of molecular and polymer biomaterials containing therapeutic functional groups; fabrication and engineering of materials that include nanofibers for tissue engineering; and studies of biomaterials with potential translation to medical applications.

For their research on biodegradable polymers and metal-organic frameworks, Reynolds and her group earned a Tech Connect National Innovation Award in 2013. She was named Educator of the Year by the Colorado Bioscience Association in 2011, and was selected as one of the six inaugural Boettcher Investigators with the Webb-Waring Biomedical Research Program. In addition, Reynold’s National Science Foundation CAREER award was funded in 2014.

Reynolds earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.